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Georgia DNR proposes new rules for hunting raccoons and opossums

Currently, the trapping season runs from Dec. 1 through the end of February.
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ATLANTA — Georgia's Department of Natural Resources is proposing new rules that would expand the hunting season for raccoons and opossums.

The agency is proposing to eliminate the trapping season on private lands, which is currently set from Dec. 1 through the last day of February, and allow for year-round trapping.

Additionally, DNR is proposing to expand the season on state lands from the current Oct. 15-end of February calendar to Aug. 15-end of February.

There is also currently a bag limit of three raccoons that would be eliminated.

In a proposal document, DNR lays out the justification for the proposed changes:

"Since the early 1980s, fur trapping has declined, reducing harvest pressure on raccoons and opossums. These species are well documented nest predators and common nuisance species in urban and suburban areas," DNR says. "The proposed change expands flexibility for private landowners to manage raccoon and opossum densities on their lands. We do not anticipate this change will negatively affect statewide raccoon and opossum populations."

A meeting was held this week to gain public input on the proposals. Public comments can also still be submitted via email to gm.comments@dnr.ga.gov, by telephone at 706-557-3030 or by written letter (see address at the link here) until June 3.

Virtual Public Meeting Proposed Hunting Regulations HB 1147 2022

Proposed Hunting Regulations: The proposed amendment can be found on our website here: https://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/proposed

Posted by Wildlife Resources Division - Georgia DNR on Tuesday, May 24, 2022


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